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Centennial Road World Championships, Flanders - 19-26 September 2021 *SPOILERS*

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  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 9,635
    edited 15 September
    Ganna not doing the road race, but both TTs instead.
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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,191
    Is there anyone with local knowledge that can talk us through the climbs?
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 23,208
    Sporza are now on tiktok apparently...



    (Let's be honest, none of us knows what tiktok is do we.)
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,220
    I do - it's just Vine again...

    My wife looks at censored on it all the time.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,361 Lives Here
    ddraver said:

    Sporza are now on tiktok apparently...



    (Let's be honest, none of us knows what tiktok is do we.)
    Renaat!
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 23,208
    I can't work out if it's Sporza or Miss Evans who has posted it... :D
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver


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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,191
    I still don't know much about the hellingen, they're used in Brabaants Pijl I think, but I've never paid that much attention to it... Any guides about?
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,674
    What's the point in under 23 races?

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  • phreakphreak Posts: 2,471
    edited 19 September

    What's the point in under 23 races?

    Isn't it a throwback to that being an age where you couldn't realistically compete in the pro ranks? Even Merckx didn't win his first Tour until he was 24, Fignon won his first when he was 23, Hinault was 24. Even Ullrich was 24 when he won and he was regarded as a young buck when he broke through the year before.

    Now, for some reason, that isn't the case and you've got Pogacar winning the Tour twice before his 23rd birthday. What we're seeing at the moment flies in the face of 100 odd years of cycling history.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,493
    While there are some riders are good very young, it's not the case for most riders. The young riders are mostly from cycling families (sons of ex pros) and have the contacts in the sport and/or get pro training from their mid teens.
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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,191
    edited 19 September
    Before totally junking the u23, have a read of this Emma Norsgsaard interview, where she criticises the lack of an u23 category for women.

    https://www.cyclingnews.com/features/emma-norsgaard-the-psychological-demands-of-elite-success-and-the-need-for-u23-womens-category-at-worlds/
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 23,208
    To be serious for a sec its because it gives young people a chance to learn racing at the pointy end rather than spend years slogging around in grupettos.

    For the most part it still does, apart from two or three super freaks
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 4,356
    Dan Bigham in the hot seat.
    Suggestion of some wet roads around Remco.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 4,356
    Remco 37 secs fastest at check point 2.
    49:58 for Bigham
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 4,356
    Max Walschied takes the lead
  • ProssPross Posts: 29,604
    Good effort by Bigham. Doesn't last long though as Walscheid takes 15" out of him. Remco flying though.
  • notquite6footnotquite6foot Posts: 204
    edited 19 September
    Evenepoel finishes 42 seconds ahead of Bissegger - 48:31 worth about 53.5km/h I think. (WCh record currently 53.671km/h by Tony Martin in 2016)

    Bigham finished 5 seconds quicker than Bjerg, for what that's worth.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 4,356
    I quite like the start on the beach.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 4,356
    Ethan Hayter second at first time check, 4 secs down on Remco.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 4,356
    Asgreen quicker than Remco by 6 secs, Kung faster again by 4 at first check.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 4,356
    Wout faster again, but almost disaster on the corner.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 4,356
    Ganna not as quick, 6.6 secs down on Wout vA
  • ProssPross Posts: 29,604
    The course is really highlighting the beauty of the area with all the industrial units. Crowds are brilliant though.
  • Is it just me or is there proportionally more of a focus on the bigger names in comparison to previous WCh time trials?
  • phreakphreak Posts: 2,471
    Boardman "WvA not digging deep yet" as he has drool dangling from his mouth.
  • notquite6footnotquite6foot Posts: 204
    edited 19 September
    Hayter pushing a huge gear there. Third fastest at the finish so far.

    What cadence was that? 80rpm?
  • notquite6footnotquite6foot Posts: 204
    edited 19 September
    I've not seen such big crowds for a championship ITT since London 2012.

    Only a second between the top two (WVA / Ganna) at the second check.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 23,208
    eeeeeeeeeep!!!
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • TOP GANNA!

    The big Italian does it again!
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